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Online Masters in Writing for Script & Screen MA

Online Masters in Writing for Script & Screen MA

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2 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Film / Video / Television Production Screenplay Writing

Course type


Course Summary

Writing for Script & Screen Course Overview

Gain the writing skills, industry know-how, professional skills and experience of collaborative working that the ever-changing screen-writing industry demands.

Learn how to function within a professional environment across different screen industries, and create work that stands out from the crowd.

Develop your portfolio across different platforms or focus on the mediums and genres that interest you through live briefs, collaborative projects and independent research.

You will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of storytelling and how these can be applied to your chosen script medium
  • Gain the professional skills needed to compete in the script writing industries, including how to write treatments, develop characters and setting, present your work in the correct format, and pitch your ideas
  • Collaborate and network with other script professionals around the world
  • Gain the research skills, critical and theoretical approaches needed to underpin your practice
  • Gain an understanding of current trends and developments in the screen industries.

Why study with us?

This MA is built to help students establish successful careers as writers in the script writing industries, irrespective of where they are in their professional journey.

You may be a recent graduate looking to develop specialist knowledge, or a writer who wants the skills to adapt existing work for screen. You might be a current practitioner in the screen industries who’s keen to further your growth. As a student of the course, you’ll receive the support you need to reach your career goals.

This is because our modules are designed to help you in the real world – from honing your creative capabilities to developing the networking and presentation skills that are essential to creating professional relationships and securing work.

Upon graduating from the course, you’ll be well-equipped to work professionally across a variety of mediums – including video games, cinema, television or digital media.

What you’ll learn

Explore fundamental questions of storytelling and scriptwriting, develop scriptwriting portfolios and professional briefs, and learn how to promote yourself as a freelance scriptwriter.

Careers and employability service

In addition to the guidance offered by our tutors, you can also access our RealWORKS, our careers and employability service throughout your studies, and for up to 5 years following graduation.

Our expert team will help you identify potential opportunities in the UK or internationally, prepare for job interviews, advise you on starting up your own business, and more.


In this module, you will work collaboratively on a professional brief. In the first 10 weeks, working in Script Development Teams, you will develop industry practice project proposal documents. In the final two weeks, you will work in the roles of client/commissioner for each brief, assessing the project proposal of another team, and deciding whether to ‘green-light’ the project.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree or Level 6 equivalent qualification.